WELCOME TO THE EXCELLENT ENTERTAINMENT AND FUN OF THE RITZ ACOUSTIC CLUB. Check out the amazing line-up of acts we have for you in our fourteenth year of existence. Entrance charge for all showcase nights is just £4.00 or non members. There are no tickets available prior to the event, just turn up on the night at 8.00pm prompt and you will get in on the door. Entrance cost for a third thursday is £4.00 for non-members and £1.50 for students and children.
Forthcoming Acts for the Showcase Nights (on our third thursdays) in 2013 are:-
WOODY PINES on MAY 16th
Old-time outback Americana from young US up-and-comers
“Woody Pines brings that low-key street corner style of performance to his stage show, but with all the polish and seasoned professionalism of a tour-bus-and-green-room rock stardom.”~Ali Marshall, Mtn Xpress
Now on his fourth album, Woody Pines is no stranger to fans of the new folk music coming from all corners of the USA. Alongside artists like Old Crow Medicine Show and Pokey LaFarge, Woody continues to dust off the old 45s and make the music new again. Integrating sounds from Leadbelly to Bob Dylan, from Woodie Guthrie to Preservation Hall, Woody Pines belts out songs of fast cars, pretty women and hard luck with a distinctive vintage twang.
Woody’s journey has taken him from street corners and smoky bars to folk festivals and the Grand Ole Opry, but he started with Bob Dylan. As a child, unable to read music,
he made up new tunes for the Bob Dylan songbooks around his house. He immersed himself in music, and later hitchhiked with a friend to visit his heroes such as Pete
Seeger, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Utah Philips. By the age of nineteen, he claims to have played in forty-nine states.
Woody began the famed Eugene, Oregon, jug band the Kitchen Syncopators while at the Oregon Country Fair, busking for tips with Gill Landry. The Kitchen Syncopators began touring up and down the west coast, which is where they met famed Seattle street corner musician Baby Gramps. Baby Gramps recommended they try New Orleans, and gave them the name of an old flame who lived there. The Syncopators stayed for three years.
They worked street corners tirelessly, putting in hours busking, treating music like a full-time job, but it paid off: three albums later, the Kitchen Syncopators had made a lasting name for themselves.
BLUE MOSQUITOES on JULY 18th
A welcome return to the wild sounds from these young Tasmanian devils.
DOORS OPEN AT 8.00pm and there will be an Open Mic set between 8.30pm and 9.45pm before the guest band/act comes on at about 10.00pm. We no longer serve a buffet on these nights More details on the events and artistes here